• WordNet 3.6
    • v detract take away a part from; diminish "His bad manners detract from his good character"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Detract To take away a part or something, especially from one's credit; to lessen reputation; to derogate; to defame; -- often with from. "It has been the fashion to detract both from the moral and literary character of Cicero."
    • Detract To take away; to withdraw. "Detract much from the view of the without."
    • Detract To take credit or reputation from; to defame. "That calumnious critic . . . Detracting what laboriously we do."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • detract To take away; withdraw; abate: now always with a quantitative term as direct object, followed by from: as, the defect detracts little from the intrinsic value.
    • detract To depreciate the reputation or merit of; disparage; belittle; defame.
    • detract Synonyms Decry, Depreciate, Detract from, etc. See decry.
    • detract To take away a part; hence, specifically, to take away reputation or merit: followed by from.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Detract de-trakt′ to take away, abate: to defame
    • v.i Detract to take away reputation (with from): to reduce in degree: diminish
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  • Marguerite Duras
    “Acting doesn't bring anything to a text. On the contrary, it detracts from it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. detractus, p. p. of detrahere, to detract; de, + trahere, to draw: cf. F. détracter,. See Trace


In literature:

This was, in fact, true without detracting from her reverence in either case.
"Emily Fox-Seton" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The decorations and ornaments must never be allowed to detract from the utility of the composition.
"Public Speaking" by Clarence Stratton
One of the original objects of the raid had been to detract attention from a Canadian attack on "Hill 70" to be made at the same time.
"The Fifth Leicestershire" by J.D. Hills
The blue eyes alone might have caused remarks, but this was a negligible danger, since color and costume detracted.
"The Adventures of Kathlyn" by Harold MacGrath
It detracted none from his reputation that the people chose some one else for the chief Executive.
"General Scott" by General Marcus J. Wright
Nor is it any detraction from Fletcher to take this view.
"Adventures in Criticism" by Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
But this detracted little from its interest, which lay in the excellent fuel it provided for newly kindled fervour.
"The Return of the Native" by Thomas Hardy
She was so beautiful that her beauty detracted from her charm for both sexes.
"The Shoulders of Atlas" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Detract not from others, but neither be excessive in commending.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
But I mean not to detract from the merit of a prince whose memory is dear to his subjects.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton

In poetry:

In spite of all the powers we boast
Of independent action,
An intervening hand may cost
Our progress great detraction.
"The Requirements Of The Hour" by Jared Barhite
Since free from a detracting spirit,
You bear to hear a rival's merit;
The praise which is to Celia due,
Fair Nymph! but echoes back to you.
"To A Young Lady" by Samuel Bowden
The trail of the snake is over thy name,
Dimm'd are thy gems, and sullied thy fame:
Virtue will triumph, detraction will die,
The rose and the gem smile up to the sky.
"Be Hopeful: II -- The Rose" by Janet Hamilton
Detraction like a scorpion stands
To strike at men and things;
The spider with her hideous hands
Clings to the skirts of kings;
Be sure thy cot shall not escape
The poison of that dreaded shape.
"Detraction" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
I love thee, my darling, with love that is stronger,
Than all the fond ties which the heart holds enshrined;
Adversity, sorrow or pain can no longer
Detract from this heart, if with thine intertwined.
"Love's Plea." by Alfred Castner King
For therein I've prov'd, to my own satisfaction,
And that of all 'Squires I've the honour of meeting,
That 'tis the most senseless and foul-mouth'd detraction
To say that poor people are fond of cheap eating.
"Ode to the Goddess Ceres" by Thomas Moore

In news:

Secessionist movement feels good but detracts from real solutions.
Fair to say I don't think it detracts from Larry Merchant's efficacy that he didn't go into prizefighting.
Romney tries to detract from flak .
To reduce such a remarkable event to this single fact detracts from the magic that nearly every local musician has experienced at the Hoot over the last 19 years.
Residents of a Long Island village think hanging the wash on the front lawn detracts from its image.
Size doesn't detract from junior forward's agility.
He says that was never important to him, and it might have detracted from his preparation for the majors.
The model will demonstrate how the needs and perspectives of both agricultural and urban users can promote or detract from established and sometimes conflicting goals for water management in the region.
Multiple forces in modern life work to detract from Americans' ability to understand, navigate, and re-shape the country's civil institutions.
Rather than detract, the right window treatment actually frames a view and sets it off.
A lampshade can be the perfect finishing touch to a well-decorated room -- or it can detract and distract from the beauty of its surroundings.
Max's wheelchair ramp doesn't detract from the entrance.
A loss in the district semifinals did little to detract from the great season enjoyed by the Oxford boys basketball team.
Takeout does not detract from dining room traffic, Technomic study shows.
Superfluous subplots detract from historical drama about Opus Dei's founder.

In science:

Xray intensity (averaged over possible X-ray pulsations), which may detract from the millisecond pulsar hypothesis if many of the DCXSs are shown to be single and variable.
Bondi-Hoyle-Lyttleton Accretion Model for Low-luminosity X-ray Sources in Globular Clusters
It has been found that at least for the transonic solution, viscosity acts as a mechanism that detracts from the effectiveness of gravity.
Viscosity in spherically symmetric accretion
This implies that the presence of viscosity detracts from the effectiveness of gravity in spherically symmetric accretion.
Viscosity in spherically symmetric accretion
Adding other finite data-types such as integers or floating point is conceptually straightforward, but the technical complications would detract from the main point.
Function Interface Models for Hardware Compilation: Types, Signatures, Protocols
Lastly, we emphasise that nothing in this article should detract from the fact that anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions are a ma jor threat to global society and ecology.
The Runaway Greenhouse: implications for future climate change, geoengineering and planetary atmospheres